Re: "analog computer" = useless hypothesis?

From: J. R. Molloy (
Date: Wed Apr 04 2001 - 23:07:56 MDT

Mitch wrote,
> Well, remember this was Lee Smolin at Tufts responding Dyson's notion that
life was necessary to be analog. Smolin contends that there has to be a mix
(if I undertand his premise). It might make it invisible to us, however at
this point in astronomy, unless we have some phenomena to indicate star
mining, or what not, we must just that there is no evidence for these dues
living in another cosmic realm. Rather, its Smolin's contention that life will
evolve into this direction, and inhabit spaces, nearly unimaginable to the
likes of me.

Thanks for the rundown on Smolin. Until somebody shows me how I've erred, I'll
go on thinking (1) things can get smaller than we can imagine, (2) ETIs as
likely as not to inhabit hyperspace, and (3) analog computing doesn't happen.


--J. R.

Useless hypotheses:
 consciousness, phlogiston, philosophy, vitalism, mind, free will, qualia,
analog computing

Everything that can happen has already happened, not just once, but an
infinite number of times, and will continue to do so forever.

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